The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 22, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, March 22, 2014


Sophia Mantel

On Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, our most cherished aunt, Sophia Mantel of Beckley, formerly of Eccles, passed away in her 91st year of life.

The first of three daughters, Sophia May Mantel was born on Oct. 15th, 1922, at Whitby. Her father, Fred Mantel, died at an early age in a slate fall in the mines; her mother was Ina Aliff Mantel. She died in 1981. Sophia’s sisters Mary Cottle died in 1999 and Ruby Keller died in 2011.

A resident of Eccles most of her life, Sophia attended the Glen View Regular Baptist Church.

Sophia leaves to cherish her memory her nieces and nephew, Diana Farley, Cathy Stover, Darlene Shelton and Fred Keller; there are several great-nieces and nephews as well as great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today (Saturday, March 22nd) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. There will be a service at 8 p.m.

A private burial will be in the Aliff Cemetery at Eccles where Sophia will be laid to rest beside her parents and sisters.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Robert Eugene ‘Bob’ Mullins

GREENVILLE — Robert Eugene “Bob” Mullins, age 75, of Greenville, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, at his home. Born March 23rd, 1938, in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late James G. and Myrtle Mullins. Bob was a member of the United Steel Workers Union of America local 14614. After having worked as a heavy duty diesel mechanic with Vecellio & Grogan, he later was employed with Mead Westvaco, and sought retirement while employed with Bowman’s Cattle Company.

Bob was an active member in his community not knowing a stranger. He was a faithful member of the Crimson Springs Church. Prior to retirement Bob volunteered time as a little league basketball coach. He also found great joy in trading and selling, and loved attending flea markets or auctions. After retirement Bob enjoyed the fellowship of his church, volunteering much of his time to church functions; when not occupied there, he also enjoyed wood working, cookouts, family time and football.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, John Mullins.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty A. McGraw Mullins of Greenville; 2 sons, Michael E. Mullins and his wife, Rebecca, of Greenville, and Jeffery A. Mullins and his wife, Tammy, of Greenville; 1 daughter, Debbie G. Herold and her husband, Mike, of War Ridge; 3 former daughters-in-law, Donna G. Crook, Michele A. Mullins, and Marilyn Mullins; 11 grandchildren, Joshua M. Herold and wife Becky, Lexi M. Cook and husband, Kevin, Lucas M. Mullins, Abby E. Mullins, Miranda K. Mullins, Aliyah S. Mullins, Aaron Koontz and his wife, Ashley, Nina Crawford, Dakota T. Yates, L. Hunter Yates, and Morgan B. Gill; 6 great-grandchildren, Cody and Bailey Herold, Braxton, Mason and Sydney Cook, and Brooklyn Mullins; 3 brothers, Bill Mullins of Bartow, Fla., James Mullins of Hudson, Fla., and Larry Mullins of Simpsonville, S.C.; 1 sister, Patty Baria of Angier, N.C.; 2 brothers-in-law, Bill McGraw and wife, Barbara, and Gary Wells and wife, Loretta; 2 sisters-in-law, Charlotte Meadows and husband, James, and Helen McGraw.

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23rd, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with Pastor Jimmy Rogers and Reverend Hugh Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Hedding Cemetery at Lillydale.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22nd, where a visitation will be conducted to celebrate Bob’s life.  

Pallbearers will be Mike Herold, Josh Herold, Lucas Mullins, Kevin Cook, Junior McMillon, and Zachery Elmore.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be directed to Trinity Camp Grounds Youth Camp, Rt. 1 Box 74, Greenville, W.Va. 24945.

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